Welcomes New Executive Director
Chicago Collections has appointed Jeanne Long as Executive Director effective February 6, 2017. Long succeeds the organization’s first Executive Director Jaclyn Grahl.
“I am honored to have been selected as the Executive Director for Chicago Collections,” said Long. “Through the hard work of my predecessor, Jaclyn Grahl, and the Chicago Collections Board and Committee members, the consortium is positioned for great success. It is my goal to further the organization’s success by promoting Chicago’s rich history and attracting even more users to its incredible research tool.”
Long comes to Chicago Collections after an extensive 31 year career at the Art Institute and the School of the Art Institute (SAIC). While at SAIC, Ms. Long served as Director of Community Partnerships where she oversaw strategic programming that highlighted the work of students and alumni. Directing SAIC's Creativity in the Workplace program, Long placed over 1,500 works of art by students in corporate and civic settings across the Chicago region. Most recently Long served as Director of Programs and Outreach for Imerman Angels, the nation's largest one on one cancer support organization. Long, who resides in Western Springs, received her B.A. in Art History from Trinity College, Washington, D.C.
David Spadafora, who serves as Chair of the Chicago Collections Board and is President of the Newberry Library, said of Long, “We are very fortunate indeed to have been able to engage the services of Jeanne Long as our second Executive Director. She knows well both Chicago and our city’s cultural and educational institutions, she has an enduring commitment to helping to enable such institutions grow as providers of service to our community, and she is skilled at making institutional partnerships work. We could not have found a worthier successor to our founding Executive Director, Jaclyn Grahl, who has been so successful at our helm.”